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Message from the Office

Dear Families,
It has been a busy September thus far! How wonderful to see returning and new faces in our school community. Please make note of important information for next week.

COVID-19 Daily ScreeningChanges Beginning Monday, September 27

While self-screening continues to be a daily requirement for all students, beginning Monday, September 27, parents/guardians and students are no longer required to complete the confirmation form each day. 

Secondary school students and parents/guardians of elementary school students are still required to review and complete the COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool (Click on Check for symptoms daily) on a daily basis, prior to their child entering the school. Daily screening is an essential step in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please ensure you review this screening tool each day and follow instructions as outlined.  

However, families will no longer be required to complete the self-screening confirmation form. The Ministry of Education required families to complete a confirmation for the first two weeks of school only. Screening confirmation will continue to be required for staff members and visitors only. 

Additional information on health and safety measures, as well as additional information and resources on the 2021-22 school year can be found on the Board website at www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening

Safety Week

The York Region District School Board’s priority is to provide and maintain safe and healthy environments for all students and staff.  Each year safety week provides an opportunity to practice proper safety protocols and draw attention to our roles in providing a safe learning environment.  This year Safety Week is scheduled from Monday September 27 to Friday October 1st.  

During this week, we hold a number of emergency preparedness drills including:  Fire Drill, Lockdown Drill, and Hold and Secure. These drills will be modified from regular procedures to ensure physical distancing.

Fire Drills are to be done 6 times a year to ensure a safe and thorough evacuation in the event of a fire.  Attendance is taken outside to ensure each student and staff is accounted for.

A Lockdown is called in response to an intruder in the building.  During a Lockdown, hallways are cleared, classroom doors are locked and students hide out of view from doorways and windows.  During Covid students will not be required to hide during a drill.  

A Hold and Secure is called when there is potential danger in the area outside of the school.  This can include severe weather or police activity nearby.  During a Hold and Secure, external doors remain locked and no one is allowed in or out of the building.  We close any blinds and carry on our day as usual inside.  

Please note that in the event of a Fire Drill, Lockdown, or Hold and Secure, you will not be able to pick up your child.  

Terry Fox Run

Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist.  After losing his leg to cancer at only 18 year old, Terry set out to do the impossible:  run across Canada, one marathon a day, in pursuit of his dream to find a cure for cancer.  In 1980, Terry’s journey to raise money for cancer research began and he called it the Marathon of Hope.  He ran 42 km each day, every day for 143 days.  He ran a total of 5373km.  Sadly, his marathon was cut short because the cancer returned.  Since then, Canadians coast to coast keep Terry’s dream alive by raising money for cancer research.

Wilshire will participate in the Terry Fox Run on Wednesday, September 29th.  Classes will run with their cohorts at staggered times throughout the day.  Due to Covid 19 protocols, we will not be collecting any cash donations.  Instead, families are invited to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation online: 

http://www.terryfox.ca/WilshireESThornhill​ 

Thank you for helping raise money for Canadian Cancer Research! 

TryLikeTerry | Country 94

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Each year on September 3oth, Canadians observe Orange Shirt Day.  It is a day to educate and promote awareness of Residential Schools and their lasting legacies of trauma, suffering and genocide of Indigenous People.  These institutions were designed to assimilate Indigenous children and to eradicate Indigenous cultural practices.  

This year, the Federal Government has identified September 30th, Orange Shirt Day as a ‘National Day for Truth and Reconciliation’.  It is a day to reflect upon our dark history of residential schools and the many murdered children found in unmarked graves over the past year.  

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis’ Story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 

The date September 30th was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations. Wilshire Elementary School will be honouring the resiliency and bravery of Residential School Survivors by wearing an Orange Shirt or anything Orange on Thursday, September 30th.

School Start-Up Forms

Families are reminded to complete the school start-up forms that were sent to families last week. It is important that these forms are completed as soon as possible at the start of the school year as they contain important information and permissions. They can also be found on the Board website at www.yrdsb.ca/familyresources under Family Start-Up Forms, along with some information on how to complete the forms. Please note, you must be signed in to your child’s student GAPPS account to complete the form. Please remember to sign out of one student account before signing into another. 

We thank you for your continued support, patience and cooperation.

We hope everyone enjoys a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Janine

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Election Day at Wilshire: Student Vote Canada!

Today, our Grade 4 – 8 students went to the ballots to cast their vote! They have been learning about the political platforms in Canada, the Thornhill candidates and have made their informed decisions. How wonderful to see the excitement and the thoughtful reflection of our students throughout the process. Just as in our federal election today, our students will find out the preliminary results tomorrow. Thank you to Ms. Byrne for working with all our students and bringing this authentic learning opportunity into Wilshire.

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Message from the Office

Dear Families,

We are coming to the end of our first full week with all of our students at school.  How wonderful to see the excitement and anticipation at the start of a new school year!

Over the next few days, you will receive our Online Start-Up Forms. The Board will send a central email to all families with a link to a Google Form to complete the start-up forms. Student GAPPS login information will be required for families to complete the forms. 

The forms will include:

  • The Start-Up Permission Form (mandatory)
  • Student Information Consent Form (mandatory)
  • Request for Faith Accommodations Form 
  • School Council Nomination Form (Due Oct. 2nd)

Please ensure to review the contents and to complete the forms as soon as possible.  

Student Information Verification Forms

On Monday, your child will bring home a Student Information Verification Form.  The form contains important information such as address, contact phone numbers and email addresses.  Please verify the information on each form by:

  1. Verifying all information is correct
  2. If there are any errors please correct with a pen
  3. Return to school with your child

Please have all forms verified and returned by Friday, September 24th. 

Daily COVID-19 School Screening

A new screening tool for the 2021-2022 school year has been provided by York Region Public Health (please click on Check for Symptoms Daily). This screening tool replaces previous versions and all students and staff must complete the screening prior to attending any YRDSB school or facility.  

Parents/guardians of elementary students (or the students themselves depending on their age) must provide confirmation of a successful screening as follows:

  1. Parents/Guardians of Elementary students are required to complete on-line self-assessment COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool (please click on Check for Symptoms Daily), prior to their child entering the school
  2. Upon completion of the self-assessment, Parents/Guardians will complete the response to the question:  “Have you completed the self-screening tool?” in the Confirmation Form, using their child’s GAPPS account login information. Information on how to access your child’s GAPPS account is available on the Board’s website. If you do not have a student number/username, one will be provided by your child’s teacher. 

Parents who have NOT completed their child’s COVID Screening form will be notified via email from the board that morning. Any students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool (not related to a COVID-19 vaccine) or answer yes to any of the screening questions, must not enter any school and follow the guidance in the screening tool.

Terry Fox Run

Wilshire will hold our Annual Terry Fox Run on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.  Stay tuned for further details next week!

Toonies for Terry | Vital Grandin Catholic School (Renaming to take place  in September 2021)

Birthday Celebrations

Birthdays are very special days to honor and celebrate your child. We sometimes receive requests to hold birthday celebrations at school (e.g. hand out doughnuts, cake, pop, McDonald’s, etc.), with families offering to bring in treats for the class.  Please keep birthday celebrations at home so we can focus on learning at school. Please do not send in food for birthday celebrations as we will not distribute it. Should you wish to celebrate your child at school feel free to: 

  • Donate a book to the classroom library/school library in honor of your child. This is a gift that will last for years to come. 
  • Donate recess equipment in your child’s name for the classroom to use (e.g., balls, jump ropes, hula hoops, frisbees, etc.)
  • Donate an indoor game or activity in your child’s name that can be used for indoor recess on bad weather days

A Little Bit of Family Fun!

Looking to Hire Lunch Assistants

If you are interested in being a Wilshire ES School Lunch Assistant for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year please contact the school at wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca or call (905)889-6767 for more information.  This is a paid position. All School Lunch Assistants must have a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) completed by York Region Police (YRP).  The school lunch hour is 12:35 – 1:35 p.m.

School Council

The first virtual meeting of our WES School Council will be held in Wednesday, October 6th at 7:00pm!

School Council Nomination forms will be sent home electronically in the book of forms. If you are interested in being part of our School Council please submit/return the form by October 2nd, 2021. If you are a parent of a Wilshire Student in the Elementary Virtual School, we welcome your nomination.

Litterless Lunches / Water Bottles

Wilshire is committed to being an ECO school,  thus we ask families to send Litterless/ Waste-Free lunches.  This reduces waste in the environment.  This also lets parents see how much food is not being eaten and can therefore plan lunches accordingly.  Using reusable containers vs. disposable packaging is great for the environment and is financially rewarding!  Please also ensure you send a refillable water bottle with your child’s name on it each day.

Parking Lot Safety

We have been so impressed by everyone’s cooperation in our Kiss N Ride and Bus Loop before and after school.  Thank you for taking advantage of our early entry at 8:40am – 8:55am which gives students time to get organized and ready for a great day of learning. Thank you for driving slowly within the loop. A reminder that parents and students must all cross at the crosswalk and not cross between cars.

We thank you for your continued support, patience and cooperation.

We hope everyone enjoys a wonderful weekend!

Janine

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Learning Model Change

Dear Wilshire Families:

Thank you for your support during our school start up.  We recognize that some families are requesting a change in their learning model between face-to-face learning and remote learning.  We had previously communicated an elementary transition time at the end of September.  The official change of class date will be Monday, September 27.

The form to request a learning model change is now available and must be completed TODAY by 12:00pm Friday, September 17. 

Wilshire – Learning Model Change Request Form or using https://forms.gle/QJ1DZjSXwd5B5o2RA  

Only families requesting a learning model change need to complete this form.  

Changes to your child’s learning model will occur during the school reorganization process. Please note, as part of this process, your child may be assigned a new teacher/class, however this is not related to the learning model you select for your child.

We thank you for your support, patience and cooperation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our school at wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca

Sincerely,

Janine

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Learning Model Change Request (Virtual to In-Person or Vice Versa)

Dear Wilshire Families:

Thank you for your support during our school start up.  We recognize that some families are requesting a change in their learning model between face-to-face learning and remote learning.  We had previously communicated an elementary transition time at the end of September.  The official change of class date will be Monday, September 27.

The form to request a learning model change is now available and must be completed by 12:00pm Friday, September 17. 

Wilshire – Learning Model Change Request Form or using https://forms.gle/QJ1DZjSXwd5B5o2RA  

Only families requesting a learning model change need to complete this form.  

Changes to your child’s learning model will occur during the school reorganization process. Please note, as part of this process, your child may be assigned a new teacher/class, however this is not related to the learning model you select for your child.

We thank you for your support, patience and cooperation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our school at wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca

Sincerely,

Janine

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From The Office

Dear Families,

Welcome Back! We had a wonderful first few days back at school this week! Our students were engaged in learning new routines and safety procedures, and in getting to know their teachers and fellow students. We look forward to welcoming our JK cohorts full time next week!

We continue to encourage families to visit www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening for videos, frequently asked questions, important health and safety information and more about school reopening. There is a translation tool on the website that will translate the content into over 100 languages.

This year we would like to welcome some new and returning staff back to Wilshire ES!

  • Ms. S. Zoltak & Ms. Bracht (Kindergarten)
  • Ms. Mazzotta & Ms. Volpentesta (Kindergarten)
  • Ms. Kadonoff (Gr. 1)
  • Ms Eisen (Gr. 1/2)
  • Ms. A. Zoltak (Gr. 2/3)
  • Ms. Budhrani (Gr. 3/4)
  • Mr. Ieraci (Gr. 4/5)
  • Ms. Georgas (Gr. 5/6)
  • Ms. Pintzov (Gr. 6/7)
  • Ms. Nithiyananthaselvan (Gr. 7/8)
  • Mr. Rosenfeld (Gr. 7/8)
  • Ms. Shugar, Ms. Chrysostomou, Ms. Byrne (Prep Coverage Teachers)
  • Ms. Jackson & Ms. Keslassy (Special Education Teachers
  • Ms. McIntosh, Ms. Bonura, Ms. Racioppo (CC)
  • Ms. Seecharran, Ms. Kim, Ms. Fridlander, Ms. Chen, Ms. Shachter, Ms. Delduca, Ms. Roebuck, Ms. Fritz, Ms. Panarese and Ms. O’Brien (Support Staff)
  • Mr. Cardosa, Mr. Natev, Mr. Whitting, Mr. Torres and Ms. Costoglou (Caretaking Team)
  • Ms. Gerchikov & Ms. Molinaro (Office Staff)

Please find a few important details as we start the year together:

Daily COVID-19 School Screening

Please see the important information below regarding daily screening for all elementary students.

A new screening tool for the 2021-2022 school year has been provided by York Region Public Health (please click on Check for Symptoms Daily). This screening tool replaces previous versions and all students and staff must complete the screening prior to attending any YRDSB school or facility.  

Parents/guardians of elementary students (or the students themselves depending on their age) will have to provide confirmation of a successful screening as follows:

  1. Parents/Guardians of Elementary students are required to complete on-line self-assessment COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool (please click on Check for Symptoms Daily), prior to their child entering the school
  2. Upon completion of the self-assessment, Parents/Guardians will complete the response to the question:  “Have you completed the self-screening tool?” in the Confirmation Form, using their child’s GAPPS account login information. Information on how to access your child’s GAPPS account is available on the Board’s website. If you do not have a student number/username, one will be provided by your child’s teacher. 

Any students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool (not related to a COVID-19 vaccine) or answer yes to any of the screening questions, must not enter any school and follow the guidance in the screening tool.

***Medication Alert*** 
If your child requires medication (e.g., inhaler, Epi-pen), please email or call the office to let us know you are sending it with your child. It is important that these medications are on hand and available to your child in the event of an emergency.  We also need to complete the required documentation for the administration of the medication.  You can pick the form up from the office, or we will send it home to you.  Any medications sent to school must be stored at the school office.

Safety

We ask families to remember that, as a result of health and safety guidelines:

●  While on school property at arrival and dismissal, parents/guardians are asked to wear a mask

●  Where possible, students must maintain a physical distance at all times, as they enter, move through and exit the building.

● Students in Grades 1 to 8  will wear non-medical masks while in school. Students in Kindergarten are strongly encouraged to wear masks while in school. Please send your child to school with a mask.

● Until further notice, visitor(s) are not to enter the school during hours of operation unless identified through a prearranged exception.

● Floor decals and classroom set-up are designed to minimize close contact.

● Hand sanitizers will be placed at the entrance to the school and in all classrooms and students will wash or sanitize their hands throughout the day, including when entering or leaving the classroom, before and after eating, after using the washroom and after touching shared objects.  Please do not bring personal hand sanitizer to school.

Looking to Hire Lunch Assistants

If you are interested in being a Wilshire School Lunch Assistant for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year please contact the school at wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca or call (905)889-6767 for more information.  This is a paid position. All School Lunch Assistants must have a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) completed by York Region Police (YRP).  The school lunch hour is 12:35-1:35 p.m.

Late Arrivals:  Will Your Child Be Late or Absent?

At Wilshire, one of our greatest priorities is ensuring that all of our students arrive safely to school each and every day. As a part of our safe arrival process, a daily attendance check is conducted. Please ensure that you call the school each day your child will be absent or late. If your child is arriving late, please come use the buzzer at the front door to call into the office, and we will unlock the door for your child to enter. Unfortunately, parents cannot come into the building at this time. If you require assistance please let the office staff know when you buzz in. 

If you have activated your Edsby account, you can login to Edsby and report your child’s absence online. You can access an online video tutorial to learn more (bit.ly/edsbyabsence) about how to do this.  You can also use the Edsby App on your mobile device to report your child’s absence.  If you have any questions about Edsby, or need support activating your account, please contact our school office.

Litterless Lunches

Wilshire E.S. is committed to being an ECO friendly, thus we ask families to send Litterless/Waste-Free lunches.  This reduces waste in the environment.  This also lets parents see how much food is not being eaten and can therefore plan lunches accordingly.  Using reusable containers vs. disposable packaging is great for the environment and is financially rewarding!  Please also ensure you send a refillable water bottle with your child’s name on it each day.

Health & Safety Measures at School

We encourage you to visit the Ministry link here to get information on health and safety measures in schools. COVID – 19: Health & Safety Measures at Schools

Open Entry in the Morning

Open entry maximizes instructional time and promotes student well-being. Important details include: 

  • 8:40 a.m. all doors are open for students to enter school and prepare for the day. Students should be entering and exiting through their designated entry doors
  • No outside supervision 
  • Teachers supervise inside, rotating between classrooms
  • 8:55 a.m. the entry doors are locked 
  • Students arriving after 8:55 are late, and must enter through the front door
  • Students arriving between 8:55-9:10 are marked late by the teacher
  • Teachers will begin instruction by 8:55 
  • Students arriving after 8:55 must stop at the office for a late slip

Creating Safe and Healthy Schools for People with Allergies

School staff and parents are responsible for creating safe and healthy environments for students and staff. This is an additional challenge for schools attended by children with life threatening allergies.  While it is impossible to create a risk-free environment, school, staff and parents can take important steps to minimize potentially fatal allergic reactions as there are implications for the whole school, not just individual classrooms.

Please communicate a child’s life-threatening allergy to the school as soon as you are aware of it.  Please notify the office and your child’s teacher so that we have accurate records and establish the protocol to follow with your child. 

What can you do?

  • Read the label on foods sent to school
  • Remind your child not to share food
  • Pack foods that are free from products which contain nuts or nut by-products. Even tiny amounts of peanut/nut residue on containers, utensils, jars, etc., can be harmful
  • If there is a risk a food contains or has been in contact with nuts, it should not be sent to school
  • Be aware that nuts are not the only allergen, others include: shellfish (shrimp, lobster), fish, eggs, milk, latex and insects (bees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps)
  • In some products, the life-threatening allergen may be “hidden” (e.g., chocolate bars, granola bars, cookies, playdough, stuffed toys)
  • Be aware of cross-contamination. This is when a safe food comes into contact with an allergen.  This causes the safe food to be unsafe. Cross contamination is a frequent cause of anaphylactic reactions and can occur by means of hand-to-food or food-to-food
  • Remind your child not to share any implement involving oral contact, such as a musical instrument mouthpiece, water bottle, cup or glass, fork, etc.

We appreciate your support in working towards providing a safe environment for all our students.

We look forward to the challenges and successes that lie ahead. We also look forward to a strong partnership between home and school to ensure that each student reaches their fullest potential. 

Thank You to our Amazing Staff for a Great First Week!

Janine Franklin

Principal

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Message from Our Trustee

We have many reasons to feel optimistic as we begin the 2021-22 school year. Schools are reopening to in-person learning, vaccination rates continue to increase, and our students can start to resume some of their favourite school activities. 

As we return to school, ourreopening plan continues to prioritize the health and safety of students, families and staff members. We are working with public health to ensure we are taking all appropriate measures. For more information on the plan, including health and safety measures, please visit www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening. You can also find additional information from York Region Public Health at www.york.ca/safeatschool

The pandemic and last year’s school closures affected students and families in many different ways. This has been a challenging time. Our caring, skilled and dedicated staff members are prepared to prioritize the mental health and well-being of students as they transition back to school, as well as supporting their academic learning and growth. If you are worried about your child, please speak to your child’s teacher or principal. You may also find some of the learning and well-being resources on our website helpful. 

Whether your child will be attending school in person or online, we know how important it is that they feel safe, respected and valued. We want every student to feel supported, to take pride in their identities and to know that they matter. Any form of hate or discrimination in our schools is not acceptable. This school year, we will continue to implement the Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy launched in March to address anti-Black racism in schools. We also remain committed as a school board to honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. As your trustee, it is imperative that we create learning environments that enable all of our students to feel valued and to be successful, and I welcome the insights that were shared at the National Summit on Antisemitism and National Summit on Islamophobia. 

It is my role to advocate for quality public education in York Region, and to ensure that our students remain at the centre of all of our decision making. The Board of Trustees makes policy and budget decisions, and communicates with the public, among other responsibilities. We are also responsible for setting direction for the school board, through our Multi-Year Strategic Plan. This plan sets out four priorities: Foster Well-Being and Mental Health, Build Collaborative Relationships, Champion Equity and Inclusivity, and Empower Ethical Leadership. 

The relationship that we have with families is so important, and I will continue to keep you informed of our work and priorities. You can also find the message from the Chair of the Board on the Board’s website. You are welcome to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 

There are also many other ways you can stay connected with what’s happening in the school board. Visit our newsroom. Listen to our podcast. Follow us on Twitter @YRDSB and on Instagram @yrdsb.schools. Watch the latest videos, including news, features and profiles about our schools, students and staff members on our YouTube channel YRDSBMedia.

As we begin another school year, I am so pleased to welcome all of our new and returning families. I hope you have a great start to the school year and wish you a happy, healthy and successful year ahead. 

David Sherman

David Sherman | York Region District School Board

Trustee – Markham Ward 1, Vaughan Ward 5

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Message from YRDSB

Dear Families,

As we approach the first day of school, we are all very excited to welcome back our students and staff. It has been five months since we have had students in our school buildings and we appreciate the efforts everyone in our communities have made to support a safe return for all. 

Below are some reminders and new information that we have recently received from the provincial government and York Region Public Health. 

Screening

A new screening tool for the 2021-2022 school year has been provided by York Region Public Health (please click on Check for Symptoms Daily). This screening tool replaces previous versions and all students and staff must complete the screening prior to attending any YRDSB school or facility. 

Secondary students will have to provide confirmation of a successful screening as follows:

  1. After completing the screening tool, secondary students (or parents/guardians of students who may not be able to complete the form independently) must complete the Secondary School Confirmation Form. Upon completion of the form confirming successful screening, students will receive an email.  For students who may not be able to complete the self-assessment process independently, parents/guardians are asked to complete it.
  2. After receiving this email, students can then attend their school and will have to show the email response in one of the following ways to school staff:
  3. Show email on phone (showing the email or a photo of the email)
  4. Hard copy printout of the email 
  5. If neither option is available, students can provide verbal response confirming completion.

Parents/guardians of elementary students (or the students themselves depending on their age) will have to provide confirmation of a successful screening as follows:

  1. Parents/Guardians of Elementary students are required to complete on-line self-assessment COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool (please click on Check for Symptoms Daily), prior to their child entering the school
  2. Upon completion of the self-assessment, Parents/Guardians will complete the response to the question:  “Have you completed the self-screening tool?” in the Confirmation Form, using their child’s GAPPS account login information. Information on how to access your child’s GAPPS account is available on the Board’s website. If you do not have a student number/username, one will be provided by your child’s teacher. 

Any students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool (not related to a COVID-19 vaccine) or answer yes to any of the screening questions, must not enter any school and follow the guidance in the screening tool.

Ventilation 

In collaboration with our funding partners, the Federal and Provincial governments, York Region District School Board has invested over $24 million on ventilation upgrades. Classrooms with a mechanical ventilation system have been fitted with MERV13 filters and where appropriate, HEPA filters have been installed. The Board has also increased fresh air rates to the maximum system can provide before discomfort and increased maximum outdoor air ventilation. We have created a Ventilation in Schools page on our website to demonstrate the ventilation systems in place at each school site. 

Vaccinations

The Ministry of Health and York Region Public Health encourage all those eligible to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as one of the best measures to mitigate the spread of this virus. Vaccine appointments and information is available on Public Health’s website

In accordance with requirements from the Ministry of Education, York Region District School Board is implementing a mandatory vaccine disclosure protocol for staff members, including all school staff members. Disclosure by staff members will commence on September 7, the aggregate (Board total) depersonalized statistical percentage of vaccinations will be made public by September 15 and updated monthly. Staff members who are not vaccinated, and do not have a medical reason, are required to attend an education session on the benefits of the vaccine and will undergo minimum weekly testing for COVID-19. The Board’s Immunization Disclosure protocol is available on the Board’s website and will be subject to updates as more information becomes available. 

Masking

Properly fitted masks are required for all students in Grades 1 to 12 and strongly recommended for students in Kindergarten. 

Parents/guardians must provide their child with at least three personal masks (non-medical) to wear at school. Public Health Agency of Canada recommends Canadians wear three-layer masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more information about how to use face coverings properly, visit www.york.ca/covid19. All school staff will wear a medical mask and other personal protective equipment as required. 

Letter from the Minister of Education

The Minister of Education has asked school boards to share a letter to families.

Additional Information

We appreciate that families have many questions about what to expect when their children return to school. In an effort to answer your questions,we:

Our health and safety measures are available on the Board website and we will continue to communicate with families as information is updated. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure these important guidelines are adhered to, as we work together to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and families. 

Once again, we appreciate the efforts of all families, students and staff to ensure our schools are safe and welcoming environments to work and learn.